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Emmerdale actor Danny Miller reveals his battle with depression that forced him to stop filming


Former Emmerdale actor Danny Miller has opened up about ‘hitting rock bottom’ in a candid new interview.

Speaking to the Mancs On The Mic podcast, the 31-year-old said that he once felt like ‘It would be easier if he wasn’t here’.

The actor went on to reveal that while starring as Aaron Dingle in the ITV soap his anxiety became so bad that he would have to stop filming.

Struggling: Former Emmerdale actor Danny Miller has opened up about 'hitting rock bottom' in a candid new interview (stock image)

Struggling: Former Emmerdale actor Danny Miller has opened up about ‘hitting rock bottom’ in a candid new interview (stock image)

Speaking to hosts, brothers Adam, Ryan and Scott Thomas, Danny said: ‘I’m not gonna sit here and lie and say, ‘I wanted to kill myself’, but I certainly thought it would be easier if I wasn’t here.’

The former soap star, who left the show in 2021, went on to describe his on-set panic attacks as like ‘having an out of body experience’.

‘Suddenly I start sweating, I start almost passing out. I had it loads in Emmerdale when I’ve got a big scene and I’ve gone, ‘Oh my God, I’m gonna pass out’.

On screen: Danny (right) went on to reveal that while starring as Aaron Dingle in the ITV soap his anxiety became so bad that he would have to stop filming (pictured with former co-stars Emma Atkins and Ryan Hawley)

On screen: Danny (right) went on to reveal that while starring as Aaron Dingle in the ITV soap his anxiety became so bad that he would have to stop filming (pictured with former co-stars Emma Atkins and Ryan Hawley)

‘They go, ‘Stand by’, and my brain’s going, ‘You’re gonna f*** this up, you’re gonna f*** this up’. I’m sweating and I go, ‘Sorry, you’ll have to cut there, I’m sweating’.

The actor, who co-starred with host Adam in the soap, said that he had no idea he was suffering from depression and anxiety until he went to his GP, at which point he just ‘burst into tears’.

Telling the hosts: ‘I used to think it was an overactive thyroid. That’s what I got checked for. But it was anxiety. I just didn’t know how to deal with it.’

Pals: Danny (right) who co-stared with Adam (left) in the soap, said that he had no idea he was suffering from depression and anxiety until he went to his GP, at which point he just 'burst into tears' (pictured together on the show)

Pals: Danny (right) who co-stared with Adam (left) in the soap, said that he had no idea he was suffering from depression and anxiety until he went to his GP, at which point he just ‘burst into tears’ (pictured together on the show)

Brothers: Speaking to hosts and brothers (L-R) Adam, Ryan and Scott Thomas, Danny said: 'I'm not gonna sit here and lie and say, 'I wanted to kill myself', but I certainly thought it would be easier if I wasn't here.'

Brothers: Speaking to hosts and brothers (L-R) Adam, Ryan and Scott Thomas, Danny said: ‘I’m not gonna sit here and lie and say, ‘I wanted to kill myself’, but I certainly thought it would be easier if I wasn’t here.’

The I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here champion said things came to a head six-years-ago when he was finally prescribed antidepressants, which he took for two years.  

Revealing that therapy help him stay on track: ‘Everybody has their own different strategies but for me, uplifting music’s a big one.’

Asked by Scott what music hits the spot, Danny said he turns to ABBA hits Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Chiquitita and Does Your Mother Know? As all three brothers collapse in hysterics at this.

Podcast: Asked by Scott what music hits the spot, Danny said he turns to ABBA hits Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Chiquitita and Does Your Mother Know? As all three brothers collapse in hysterics at this

Podcast: Asked by Scott what music hits the spot, Danny said he turns to ABBA hits Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Chiquitita and Does Your Mother Know? As all three brothers collapse in hysterics at this

Despite admitting he hit a real low, Danny says he didn’t ever ‘have the balls’ to end his life. 

He said candidly: ‘I didn’t have anything to lose and I thought it would just be easier if I wasn’t here… so if I take myself out of the situation. That was the deepest and darkest it went. I never thought about it. I couldn’t.’

This comes after it was believed Adam is  the first celebrity to have signed up for the forthcoming 20th series of BBC‘s Strictly Come Dancing. 

The 33-year-old will follow in co-star Kelvin Fletcher’s footsteps after the actor won the series, alongside professional Oti Mabuse, 31, in 2019.

Dancing shoes: Adam is the belieevd to be the first celebrity to have signed up for the 20th series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing (stock image)

Dancing shoes: Adam is the belieevd to be the first celebrity to have signed up for the 20th series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing (stock image)

According to The Sun Adam is in the process of agreeing to a deal ahead of the series returning this autumn. 

A source told the publication: ‘Adam has got what it takes to win and is already practising his moves. And he’s got a big female fanbase.’

The actor appeared in the role of Adam Barton in the soap between 2009-2018 sharing scenes with fellow farmhand Andy Sugden, played by Kelvin. 

Winner: The former Emmerdale actor will be following in co-star Kelvin Fletcher's footsteps after the actor won the series, alongside professional Oti Mabuse, 31, in 2019. (L-R) Claudia Winkleman, Oti, Kelvin, Tess Daly during 2019's final

Winner: The former Emmerdale actor will be following in co-star Kelvin Fletcher’s footsteps after the actor won the series, alongside professional Oti Mabuse, 31, in 2019. (L-R) Claudia Winkleman, Oti, Kelvin, Tess Daly during 2019’s final 

38-year-old Kelvin decided to leave the show in 2016 to concrete on his career a rally driver, with Adam following two years later. 

The former soap star stormed the competition in 2019, despite being a last minute replacement, following Jamie Laing withdrawing from the show due to an injury.

Adam’s participation in the show comes after Strictly bosses also wanted to sign up his older brother and co-host, Ryan, 37 who played Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street for 16-years.

MailOnline have contacted both Adam and Ryan’s representative as well as the BBC for comment.

Co-stars: Adam (right) appeared in the role of Adam Barton in the soap between 2009-2018 sharing scenes with fellow farmhand Andy Sugden, played by Kelvin (left)

Co-stars: Adam (right) appeared in the role of Adam Barton in the soap between 2009-2018 sharing scenes with fellow farmhand Andy Sugden, played by Kelvin (left)

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